Jan. 15th, 2019

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It's after midnight, but I haven't slept yet, so for me it's still Monday. Dreamwidth is up at the moment, but Downrightnow still reports service outage for LiveJournal, which usually parallels Dreamwidth -- although in this case, LJ came back hours before DW did. Whatever.

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "L’amore è Cieco"
Poem: "The Nature of Advertising"
Poem: "Never Trusted Without a Check"
Community Building Tip: Out Front
Emotional Intimacy Question: What Matters
Poem: "Mistakes and Changes"
Cuddle Party

The fishbowl last week was okay. Not a lot of donations, and I'm seriously backlogged on writing due to repeated interruptions for other activities. "Fernweh," "As the Heavens Are Higher Than the Earth," and "On a Long Leash" have been sponsored.

So far no activity on the Rose and Bay Awards. :( Nominations are now OPEN for all categories of the Rose & Bay Awards for excellence in crowdfunding. Please nominate your favorite projects and patrons. These are the handlers for the 2019 award season:
Art: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate art! Vote for art!
Fiction: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate fiction! Vote for fiction!
Poetry: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate poetry! Vote for poetry!
Webcomic: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate webcomics! Vote for webcomics!
Other Project: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate other projects! Vote for other projects!
Patron: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate patrons! Vote for patrons!

Poetry in Microfunding:

There are two open epics. That leaves a slot open in case anybody wants to open a new one tomorrow. \o/

"Only If It Is Embraced" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Damask and has 55 new verses. Pain's Gray warns Ham about mistreating Keane.

"A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses. Kenzie goes to Pretty Ears for counseling.

We got a lot of snow here. Everything is covered in white. Roads are navigable though. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a big flock of starlings, a flock of sparrows, a flock of dark-eyed juncos, a small flock of mourning doves, several pairs of cardinals, a pair of downy woodpeckers, a red-bellied woodpecker, and a squirrel.
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Day 14

In your own space, talk about what you think the future holds for fandom. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so

Ups and downs, really. 

Fandom started out as a close-knit community.  It isn't anymore.  That makes it a lot less fun for me.  That trend is continuing. 

I see more sexual harassment, behavior policing, and other obnoxiousness; and I expect that will get worse before it gets better, if it ever does.  People would rather write very troubling "policies" into convention paperwork to make it look like they're doing something rather than say: "If someone has touched your sexual parts without your consent, he has committed a crime, and you should call the police should you wish to do something about that.  We are not trained to judge fault or enforce laws."  They'd also rather look like they're doing something than take actual action, such as presenting workshops on responsible interactions.  Years ago, I was at a con that had instruction flyers on that and other topics; very prudent of them.  I can't really blame them for not wanting to teach the topic, though; I doubt people would listen.

On the bright side, there is a fuckton more fanwork out there, and it is massively easier to find than it used to be.  I think this trend will also continue.  We don't have to pass it around via copy machines anymore.  \o/

I also like the rise of content notes, especially when they are searchable, another rising trend.  It's more efficient to tell what's in a story before you read it, if that's what you want.  Perhaps someday we'll have really good  AI helping us find exactly what we want.  Then again, maybe people won't want to tell a bot about their secret love of tentacle hentai.

One thing I would like  to see is curated collections of fanfic.  The rise of Kirk/Spock.  The old Sime/Gen zines.  Major developments in modern canons, including "So You're New to Fandom X: Start Here" stuff.  That's very doable.
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 See how much better things work when you use nature as inspiration for your science?
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Day 15

Talk about why you participated in Snowflake &/or what you got out of it. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so

My reasons include but are not necessarily limited to:

* It's fun. I find the prompts amusing to write about myself and entertaining to read in other people's posts.

* For networking. I usually pick up a handful of new readers each year, and I subscribe to a bunch of new blogs. Almost all of those will go dormant by the end of January -- there are scads of journals with nothing but the Snowflake on them. That's okay. At least one or two new contacts tend to stick.

* New reading material. Unlike the fast die-off of blogging activity, the rec others, rec your own, and post new work challenges give me goodies to savor for weeks to come. \o/

* Daily activity. I try to post at least one new thing per day. Some days I have things scheduled, others not. I like having a topical fest feeding me prompts for a couple weeks.

* The discussions. Almost invariably, one or more of the posts will spark a big discussion. This year it happened when I mentioned that some people were being obnoxious in the Snowflake, which I hadn't encountered before. The depth of that discussion, and some ideas for future action, greatly outweighed the momentary irritation of finding a few jerks online. It's like sitting on burrs, you know? You pull them off your butt, drop them in the trash, and move on. I fly my freak flag proudly, and I was warmed by the reminder that my fans love me just the way I am. Be yourselves, beautiful people. Nobody else can be you-er than you.

These are all my Snowflake posts this year ...
Snowflake Challenge Day 14: Future
Snowflake Challenge Day 13: Set Goals
Snowflake Challenge Day 12: Own Challenge: Tikkun Olam
Snowflake Challenge Day 11: Creative Process
Snowflake Challenge Day 10: Create a Fanwork
Snowflake Challenge Day 9: Acts of Kindness
Snowflake Challenge Day 8: Self-Recommendations
Snowflake Challenge Day 7: Something New
Snowflake Challenge Day 6: Fannish Wishlist
Snowflake Challenge Day 5: Promote Others
Snowflake Challenge Day 4: Interact
Snowflake Challenge Day 3: Favorite Piece of Canon
Snowflake Challenge Day 2: Rec Fanworks by Someone Else
Snowflake Challenge Day 1: Happy Place

I hope to see you here next year.


Jan. 15th, 2019 02:49 am
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 Mostly Friesian.  But look at that nose!  :D
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Due to yesterday's Dreamwidth malfuction, [personal profile] dialecticdreamer is running Magpie Monday today with a theme of "Beginnings and Endings."  Leave prompts, get ficlet!  Boosting the signal will get you extra words.  There will be a bonus story posted if donations exceed $50, proceeds going to replace the author's defunct laptop.  If you want to keep enjoying awesome stories, please chip in toward that.
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Welcome to those of you coming to Dreamwidth from Tumblr. I have found a few communities that may help you connect with people here.

[community profile] the_great_tumblr_purge is especially for people moving to Dreamwidth so you can find folks you knew on Tumblr.

[community profile] tumblrmigration has some resources on how to make the move effectively and get the hang of DW.

Friending communities help you find new people:

[community profile] addme covers everything.

[community profile] addme_fandom is for all fandoms.

[community profile] startrek_add_me is for fans of the Star Trek mythos.

[community profile] add_a_writer connects writers with other writers, and gives readers a place to find new writers to follow.

If you were using Tumblr for inspiration and need a replacement muse, consider:

[community profile] allbingo supports any kind of creative bingo. A new thematic fest appears each month. You can play a public card, make your own, or use one from an outside event.

[community profile] crowdfunding is for creators and consumers of cyberfunded creativity. Watch for the mid-month Creative Jam where you can leave or claim prompts.

If you miss the pretty pictures, try:

[community profile] shutterspeed offers photography prompts.

[community profile] picture_prompt_fun invites people to write stories from pictures.

[community profile] photocons posts icons made from photographs. Get some 100x100 user icons here!

[community profile] solitude_in_sight has photos without people.

[community profile] drawesome is a fanart community.

[community profile] artists is a community for art creators and lovers.

[community profile] graphics is an all-purpose visual art community.

If you wish to copy this list, or use it as inspiration to make you own, by all means do so. Helping Tumblr refugees feel more welcome, and making communities more active, will benefit everyone.
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Here's an article about a language created by and for women's perspective. I knew Suzette; she was one of my first famous writer-friends. I wrote college papers about her work. We actually connected when I mentioned that I was doing one on women's invented languages. She handed me her then-unpublished manuscript for a sequel to Native Tongue so I could copy precise quotes from it.

I'm one of the people who has kept that language alive and in use. I'm not fluent -- few people are -- but I own the dictionary/grammar and I taught a class on it in the Grey School of Wizardry. That included me adding a few suggested augmentations to make the language more useful to spellcasting, because if you look at the grammar, you can see how well it lends itself to certain locking and unlocking features.

I also use certain words whenever I need them. Radíidin  is certainly one of them, but so is ranem (nonpearl: an ugly thing such as a festering hatred to which one pays attention).  I use the emotion grids to explain why people feel the way they do, based on reason, blame, and futility; or the quality of reason behind it.  

There is so much in this language that speaks to things that people are just now beginning to discuss in public, in large numbers, rather than a handful of us canaries saying, "Hey, y'all, might could be you'd want to pay attention to this fire over here before it spreads."  Not just vocabulary, but grammar.  Grace and efficiency and power.

In a word, super-gizomology, and Suzette would dislike me saying that because she was a very unassuming person who avoided being made much of.  Sorry, old friend, I call 'em like I see 'em.  Like Nikola Tesla, you built something ahead of its time, and it's going to take a while for the rest of the world to figure out how it even turns on.  But linguistic super-gizmology it is, because it's full of fresh encodings, and those are rare as hen's teeth.  <3


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